The Portchester Games Center is raising more than £ 700 for the Childhood Cancer Charity

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Participant of the Charity Day Busy Town. Image: Mike Cooter (011121)

Busy Town, a role play center for children in Portchester, held a charity day on November 1st and raised £ 730 for Children with Cancer UK.

The game center, which focuses on helping families and the local community, chose the charity after 10-year-old Sophie Fairall of Stubbington died of rare cancer in September.

“There are so many parents and children going through similar situations, they all need all the help they can get,” said Julie Middle, co-owner of Busy Town.

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Sofia Robinson (5) and Noah Lock (3) with Princess Melissa Jeffrey (26). Image: Mike Cooter (011121)

“While we’ve all looked at Covid, they also looked at it, so we just wanted to see what we can do to help,” she added.

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Julie and her sister Hannah Kirk are co-owners of Busy Town. It was open just three weeks before the first lockdown.

The sisters decided to hold the charity event as they have experienced their fair share of hardships over the course of the pandemic.

Melissa Jeffrey, 26, of Enchanted Events welcomed children to Charity Day. Image: Mike Cooter (011121)

The sisters said, “As difficult as it was, we are fortunate to have healthy, happy children, and so we want to do for the families who don’t.”

Donations from various companies came in when the sisters announced their charity event.

Gluten-free cupcakes were given as gifts by Hannah’s husband, who runs Stuffed in Waterlooville, and Knot Just Blooms, a florist in Fareham, donated a voucher.

Co-owners of Busy Town, Hannah Kirk and Julie Middle

The event was filled with an array of delicacies for adults and children, including games and treats, as well as a visit from Cinderella, played by Melissa Jeffrey from Enchanted Events.

She volunteered as part of the fundraiser.

“It was the loudest day of the year, but it was really good fun,” said Julie.

The event, which was fully booked, was a success and the parents were very happy not only to have spent an eventful day with the children, but also to donate to a good cause, said the sisters.

Julie Middle, 46, co-owner of the Busy Town game center. Image: Mike Cooter (011121)

Both sisters wanted to give something back to a community that supported them.

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